Merry May Mending


Sam (who co-organises Brighton Repair Café) turned her making skills to use, showing Sarah how to replace the disintegrated rubber seal on a coffee maker with a new one.


Fiona of The Lost Mitten Project talked Stacey through how to repair the ladders in a favourite top, suggesting that after darning the holes that she could crochet a motifs to cover them.IMG_5036Stacey decided on a raindrop shape and Fiona showed her how to create them.

Juan Carlos and Miriam who we met at Brighton’s Green Drinks brought along a lamp that had stopped working.IMG_5031In a jiffy Mattia had diagnosed that it was a blown fuse and showed the couple how to replace it as they had never been taught how before.IMG_5032

Dan brought back some speakers that he fixed at a previous event and had further problems with. After a chat with Mattia they worked out what needed to be done and Dan used the soldering iron to make the repair.IMG_5053

Ali and his Dad sanded down toy catapults that had a sharp edges which were causing the cord to frayIMG_5040

 whilst Hannah and Irenka sewed up tears in their tops.


Sarah also brought an ipod speaker which needed some repairs to the circuit board.IMG_5041John came along to learn how to do electrical repairs from Mattia and volunteered to be his apprentice at future events.
IMG_5054Kelly replaced the clasp on her bag.

IMG_5045And all the while the talented D White tickled the ivories and Rafa Zabuski strummed along playing a range of classical, covers and original music.

Next week!

BRCflyerMAYWe will have volunteers on hand to help repair electrical goods, bikes, textiles, clothing (including access to sewing machines and a bobble remover) and anything that needs glueing, or a bit of creative fixing.

The Seven Bees Café will be serving Iain’s legendary breakfasts and other refreshments.

We will also have some live acoustic music by musicians from ‘Banned Sauce’ to accompany our mending.

Please spread the word by printing or forwarding the flyer if you can and we will see you there!

Circus Street Community Room hosted the Repair Café in April

Thanks to Circus Street Community Room for making it possible to run the Cafe in April

Thanks to Circus Street Community Room for providing a venue to run the April Repair Café.IMG_0341Many new faces arrived to seek help from Dan, Roberto, Mattia and Izzie.

IMG_0344Sophie fixed the wing of her daughter’s fairy with araldite…IMG_0350and sewed the neck of her sons hippo.IMG_0357IMG_0363Eva repaired the soles of her luxurious sheep skin slippers with new leather patches.IMG_0359


IMG_0365Sarah fixed the seam on her rucksack. All in all  a very successful day of repairing at the Community Room.